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Last Updated: Sep 19th, 2011 - 19:28:10

 


The Marine
By Corporal Aaron M. Gilbert , US Marine Corps
USS SAIPAN, PERSIAN GULF
Aug 14, 2011, 9:08am



This is a poem being sent from a Marine to his Dad. For those who take the time to read it, you'll see a letter from him to his Dad at the bottom. It makes you truly thankful for not only the Marines, but ALL of our troops.

Feel free to copy this and pass it on.
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Sgt. James Wright, who received the Bronze Star Medal with valor device from Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, salutes during the national anthem at the June 1, 2004 presentation ceremony in front of the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va. Wright lost both hands and suffered a severe wound to his leg when his vehicle was struck by an enemy rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq's Anbar province. Despite his wounds, Wright continued to lead the Marines in his charge.
Photo by: Cpl. Richard Stephens

THE MARINE

Lance Cpl. Jose O. Martinez, a machine gunner with 4th Platoon, Company W, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, narrowly escaped death June 11. The 22-year-old from El Paso, Texas was hit in the face, neck and the back of his head by shrapnel from an improvised explosive device while conducting a night mission with his Marine comrades. For his wounds, Martinez was awarded a Purple Heart during a ceremony here Aug. 2. Martinez is in Iraq a second time with 1st Battalion, 5th Marines in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He made it through the fighting in Fallujah unscathed.
Photo by: Cpl. Tom Sloan
We all came together,
Both young and old
To fight for our freedom,
To stand and be bold.

In the midst of all evil,
We stand our ground,
And we protect our country
From all terror around.

Peace and not war,
Is what some people say.
But I'll give my life,
So you can live the American way.

I give you the right
To talk of your peace.
To stand in your groups,
and protest in our streets.

But still I fight on,
I don't bitch, I don't whine.
I'm just one of the people
Who is doing your time.

I'm harder than nails,
Stronger than any machine.
I'm the immortal soldier,
I'm aU.S. MARINE!

So stand in my shoes,
And leave from your home.
Fight for the people who hate you,
With the protests they've shown.

Fight for the stranger,
Fight for the young.
So they all may have,
The greatest freedom you've won.

Fight for the sick,
Fight for the poor
Fight for the cripple,
Who lives next door.

But when your time comes,
Do what I've done.
For if you stand up for freedom,
You'll stand when the fight's done.

Source: Corporal Aaron M. Gilbert , US Marine Corps
USS SAIPAN, PERSIAN GULF



March 23, 2003

Hey Dad,

Do me a favor and label this "The Marine" and send it to everybody on your email list. Even leave this letter in it. I want this rolling all over the US ; I want every home reading it. Every eye seeing it. And every heart to feel it. So can you please send this for me? I would but my email time isn't that long and I don't have much time anyway. You know what Dad? I wondered what it would be like to truly understand what JFK said in His inaugural speech.

"When the time comes to lay down my life for my country, I do not cower from this responsibility. I welcome it."

Well, now I know. And I do. Dad, I welcome the opportunity to do what I do. Even though I have left behind a beautiful wife, and I will miss the birth of our first born child, I would do it 70 times over to fight for the place that God has made for my home. I love you all and I miss you very much. I wish I could be there when Sandi has our baby, but tell her that I love her, and Lord willing, I will be coming home soon. Give Mom a great big hug from me and give one to yourself too.

Aaron


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